Self Management

Self Management provides a national framework and badge system for employability skills.

Self Management is one of the careercred and CBI (Confederation of British Industry) core skills for the workplace. This badge is about taking responsibility for your own learning and development, managing your approach to tasks and your openness to new ideas.

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To earn this badge you need to demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Ability to follow instruction, self-start without procrastination and complete tasks started
  • Ability to manage your time effectively, prioritise tasks and attend to the job at hand
  • Flexibility - i.e. you are open to new ideas and you are willing to try new experiences and to meet new people
  • Ability to improve your performance based on your own reflective learning and practice and through seeking understanding through questioning and feedback from others

To demonstrate these abilities you must complete the following FOUR tasks:

  1. Identify a self management technique that has improved your performance
  2. Reflect on a time when you demonstrated flexibility
  3. Understand your strengths and weaknesses
  4. Critically assess your competence in the FOUR Self Management abilities listed above

Further information and guidance concerning these tasks, including templates to complete, can be found on the badge application page and also on the Self Management page on the careercred website.

To earn the Careercred Self Management Badge you must complete the FOUR missions listed below.

Information and guidance

Remember, if you are awarded this badge, the evidence you provide will be attached to the digital badge. You may want to display your badge (and the evidence you provide in this form) to employers and other interested parties. So ensure that you are happy that any evidence you provide is a genuine reflection of you, your skills and achievements.

  • MISSION 1 - SELF MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES Links to self management tips and techniques can be found on the Careercred Self Management Badge page
  • MISSION 2 - REFLECT Advice on the reflective process and the reflective template (word doc) can be found on the Careercred Self Management Badge page

__________________________________________ TASK 1 - USE A SELF MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE __________________________________________

What technique did you use?

__________________________________________ TASK 2 - REFLECT ON A TIME WHEN YOU WERE FLEXIBLE __________________________________________

Use the Gibbs reflective model. Use the template document. A link to download the template can be found at the top of this page. Ensure that your reflection is a maximum of 1 page of A4.

__________________________________________ TASK 3 - UNDERSTAND YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES __________________________________________ First complete the personality questionnaire at Then answer the questions below.

This field is optional.
Review the Strengths and Weaknesses section. Select the Strength that is least descriptive of you and explain why you do not feel this is a particular strength.
Review the Strengths and Weaknesses section. Select the Weakness that is least descriptive of you and explain why you feel this is not a particular weakness.
Click the Workplace Habits section and scroll down to the managers section at the bottom. Reflecting on your understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, what do you think is or will be your greatest challenge as a manager?

__________________________________________ TASK 4 - ASSESS YOUR SELF MANAGEMENT ABILITIES __________________________________________ Rate your ability on the five point scale below on each of the FOUR Self Management abilities. Then, justify and support your ratings by completing parts A, B, C in the textboxes below.

Part A is analytical, not descriptive. You should justify your assessment of your skills by analysing the evidence that you submitted to complete the missions. When re-considering the missions you have completed you might reconsider what went well or what went badly and seek to analyse the reasons why they went well or badly and what the consequences were for your own skills development.
In Part B you should sum up what you have learnt about yourself as a result of completing the missions and this self-assessment exercise. What did you learn about your current level of knowledge or competence? What could or should you have done differently? What stopped you from doing this?
Part C should build on Parts A and B to identify the main areas for improvement and describe specific actions designed to address these areas. Your action plan should flow naturally from the conclusions you reached in Part B. Where your conclusions identified areas for improvement, these should be addressed in the action plan. Even where the learning and development experience was positive you should identify how you can improve further. You should justify the selected actions by explaining why you plan to do them and what outcome you hope to achieve.
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